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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 8.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Utah 3.1% -0.2 +0.7
Provo 2.9% -0.4 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 24,552. There are now 15,250 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 9,302 -1,370 +1,981

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.0%
January
2021
6.3% 3.1% 2.9% 9,302
December
2020
6.7% 3.3% 3.3% 10,672
November
2020
6.7% 3.5% 3.8% 12,319
October
2020
6.9% 3.8% 3.5% 11,158
September
2020
7.8% 4.2% 4.2% 13,688
August
2020
8.4% 4.8% 3.4% 10,872
July
2020
10.2% 5.4% 3.5% 11,075
June
2020
11.1% 6.3% 4.1% 13,027
May
2020
13.3% 7.6% 6.3% 19,531
April
2020
14.8% 10.1% 8.1% 24,552

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.